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Braves return home to face streaking Phillies

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off of an eight-game, three city road trip, the Atlanta Braves return home to open up a seven game home stand with a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta went 4-4 on their trip winning the series in Colorado, dropping 2 out of 3 to the Nationals and then splitting two games in Chicago before Sunday’s rainout.

The Braves missed an opportunity to return home 5-3 but blew a 10-2 lead to the Cubs thanks to a nine-run eighth inning. Weather conditions were awful for both teams, but walks led to Atlanta’s demise. Overall the bullpen has performed well this season but has accumulated a high number of walks and they came back to burn them on Saturday.

Atlanta took two out of three from the Phillies during the opening weekend in what was a controversial series for Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler.

Since then, the Phillies are 8-3 and have won six straight having swept Cincinnati at home and Tampa Bay on the road.

Monday, April 16, 7:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Aaron Nola (2018: 3 GS, 1-0 W-L, 6.38 K/9, 3.93 BB/9, 1.96 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 4.19 xFIP)

Nola was at the center of the first Kepler controversy when he was pulled after 68 pitches on Opening Day despite having not allowed a run. Hoby Milner came in and promptly served up a two-run home run to Freddie Freeman. Atlanta went on to erase a 5-0 deficit and win on walk-off home run by Nick Markakis.

Nola has been solid sense allowing just three runs over his next two starts. He is coming off of an eight inning performance against the Reds where he allowed three hits and one run. If there is a concern, he has seen his walk totals on the rise having tallied seven over his last 13 innings.

Julio Teheran (2018: 3 GS, W-L 0-1, 7.71 K/9, 6.43 BB/9, 7.07 ERA, 7.42 FIP, 5.97 xFIP)

Julio Teheran was the scheduled starter for Sunday’s game in Chicago but gets pushed back a day after the postponement.

Teheran is off to a rough start allowing 15 hits and 11 earned runs over his first 14 innings. He is coming off of a six-inning performance where allowed five hits and two runs in a loss to the Nationals.

In 19 career starts at SunTrust Park, Teheran is 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and has allowed 21 home runs in 101.2 innings.

Tuesday, April 17, 7:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Nick Pivetta (2018: 3 GS, W-L 1-0, 10.26 K/9, 1.08 BB/9, 2.70 ERA, 1.32 FIP, 2.41 xFIP)

Pivetta also received a quick hook from Kepler in his first start against Atlanta in which he allowed five hits and three runs in just four innings.

He has allowed just nine hits and two earned runs over his next 12.2 innings. He has struck out 19 on the season and walked just two.

Mike Foltynewicz (2018: 3 GS, 1-1 W-L, 10.57 K/9, 2.93 BB/9, 2.93 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 3.47 xFIP)

Foltynewicz’s season has gotten off on a good note with him allowing five earned runs over his first 15.1 innings.

Folty matched up with Pivetta in the opening weekend series and took a no-decision after allowing five hits and two earned runs to go along with a walk and seven strikeouts.

The Braves would no doubt like to see him pitch deeper into games. None of his three starts have lasted longer than 5.1 innings.

Wednesday, April 18, 7:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Vince Velasquez (2018: 3 GS, W-L 1-1, 9.98 K/9, 2.35 BB/9, 3.52 ERA, 1.63 FIP, 3.21 xFIP)

Atlanta hammered Velasquez in the opening series but he has bounced back with back-to-back solid outings.

Velasquez allowed nine hits and seven runs (4 earned) in just 2.2 innings against the Braves. Since then he has allowed eight hits and two earned runs over his last 12.2 innings.

Brandon McCarthy (2018: 3 GS, W-L 2-0, 6.61 K/9, 3.31 BB/9, 3.31 ERA, 4.29 FIP, 3.62 xFIP)

There was initially a question as to whether Brandon McCarthy would be available to make this start after he suffered a mild dislocation to his non-throwing shoulder last time out against the Nationals.

McCarthy allowed just four hits and one run over five innings before suffering the injury while reaching back to take throw while covering first base. He left the game at that point but went through his regular routine and appears good to go for Wednesday’s start.

McCarthy has pitched well for the Braves so far allowing just six runs over 16.1 innings.

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